Sunday, August 15, 2004

Hurricane Charley - We Dodged The Bullet This Time

The eye of Hurricane Charley passed by 35 miles away on Friday. Initially the eye of the hurricane was going to pass over my neighborhood but the steering currents diverted Charley further east and we were spared. Praise God!

Unfortunately for some of my colleagues living in the Orlando area they were hit directly with 100 mph winds and gusts even higher. Areas of Orlando are still without power, traffic lights are out at major intersections, some phones are out, a lot of trees were blown over and debris are scattered everywhere. Roof damage and structural damage was common for a lot of homes and businesses. The office building I work at is intact but every tree is either lying down or leaning over.

Monday morning commute is going to be dangerous because some people don’t know that a traffic light that is out should be treated as a 4 way stop. Already there has been a lot of close calls with people blowing through intersections at full speed.

This is the first major hurricane to hit Orlando directly in 40 years.  I hope that’s it for this season - looks like 15 billion dollars of damage state wide and the hurricane season just really started. It could be a rough one.

Posted by Stevereno on 08/15 at 03:52 PM
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